SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW

“Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high there’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, sky’s are blue and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.
Someday I’ll wish upon a star and wake where the clouds are far behind me, where troubles melt like lemon drops away above the chimney tops, that’s where you’ll find me.
Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly, birds fly over the rainbow, why, then oh why, can’t I?”

This song was sung by Judy Garland who played the part of Dorothy in the movie “The Wizard of Oz.” However, unlike Dorothy, Judy in real life never got over the rainbow.
She went through five husbands and in June of 1969, at the age of forty seven, Judy was found dead in her London home.

The question, we need to ask, is there really a land somewhere over the rainbow that Judy heard of once in a lullaby?

When we think of rainbow, we must remember God’s promise to Noah after the flood.  The flood came because of the wickedness of mankind.  It grieved God that He had ever made man.  God’s heart was filled with pain. So, the terrible flood wiped out mankind from the face of the earth.  This was the judgment of God. Isn’t it wonderful that one man found favor in the eyes of the Lord and that man was Noah?  God had Noah build an ark into which he and his family would enter and ride out the flood.   The waters covered the earth for a hundred and fifty days.  After the water had gone down, Noah and his family came out of the ark along with all of the animals.  The fist thing Noah did was build an altar, worship God.  God was pleased and said, “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.” Never by a flood will mankind be destroyed. Genesis 8:21  The sign of God’s promise is the RAINBOW.

The beautiful rainbow is a reminder to God and to us of God’s mercy and faithfulness.  It gives us hope, peace after the storm.  Some rain may fall into our lives but it need not destroy us.

Paul writes in First Thessalonians 1:10 “…wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead–Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.”  Judgment will come but through faith in Christ, we will be saved, “somewhere over the rainbow.”.

 

 

 

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